The battle that took place at Musgrove Mill on August 19, 1780 was a short (about 30 minutes) but very bloody battle. In fact, Isaac Shelby, a Colonel that fought both at Musgrove Mill and Kings Mountain stated in his memoirs that the battle at Musgrove Mill was the fiercest battle in which he ever fought. The brief battle was between a small detachment of Colonial Patriots against a larger group of British Loyalists. But despite the odds, the Patriots were victorious and the battle was considered an important turning point in the war.
The Musgrove Mill visitors' center houses exhibits on the battle and some history of the American Revolution. It's a good place to stop in, pick up a map and get familiar with the park. Be sure to plan enough time to hike their two separate interpretive trails. According to Park Manager, Brian Robson, the two trails are nothing alike; "you almost couldn't get two different trails." The British Camp Trail is a one-mile leisurely trail that starts at the Visitors Center parking lot and winds along the Enoree River. It offers views of where the old mill and home site used to be which unfortunately washed away in 1852. The Battlefield Trail at Horseshoe Falls is about 1.3 miles and is a little more challenging but takes you along an ancient gully and features sites where the battle actually took place.
Each spring, Musgrove Mill holds a Living History Festival. This year it is will be held Saturday, April 21, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. While entrance to the park is normally free, there is a small charge during this event.
Musgrove Mill is open from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. daily. It is located in Clinton on Highway 56. For exact directions and more information, please visit their website.
Learn more about Musgrove Mill State Historic Site by watching this 2010 interview with Brian Robson, Park Manager. Video courtesy of the ETV Road Show.
Re-enactment photo credit: Musgrove Mill State Historic Site. All others by Sherry Jackson.
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